Cifra, based in Italy, a specialist in the manufacture of apparel using its Warp Knit Seamless (WKS) production technique, presents its Thermo project at ISPO Munich 2019, which takes place from 3-6 February. This collection includes experimental items of clothing made with WKS technology and uses Thermolite and Emana yarns. “This special combination makes it possible to obtain lightweight, insulated items that are easy to dry, guaranteeing constant warmth regardless of whatever the outside temperature may be, for greater comfort during physical exertion,” the company explains.

“In addition to this, the technical support of Emana allows for the absorption of heat produced by the human body (thanks to the minerals contained in the fibre) to be released back into the skin in the form of far infrared rays, but it also stimulates blood micro-circulation and is instrumental in improving performance in sport activities, thereby accelerating muscle recovery and, ultimately, ensuring comfort and wellbeing.”

Green Attitude project: On the ecosustainability front, the Green Attitude project continues with the Zero Waste commitment – in warp seamless all the yarn is transformed into a product, whereas in traditional fabric the waste is somewhere between 15-30 per cent – with an everincreasing use of ecological and regenerated yarns, such as Econyl by Aquafil or Q-Nova by Fulgar.

Econyl by Acquafil is a Nylon 6, which is made with 100 per cent regenerated waste materials, otherwise destined to end up in landfills or in the sea. It is a nylon thread originating from recovered plastic materials: Fishing nets, nylon household carpets, industrial plastic waste, and textile waste used by the textiles industry. In addition, Cifra uses a blend of elastomer, which is also recycled and able to be broken down without the release of any harmful substances into the environment.

Q-Nova is a recycled and environmentally sustainable Nylon 6,6 fibre obtained exclusively from regenerated raw materials and produced by Fulgar. It is made of waste materials coming from the company’s main production cycle. QNova uses the innovative MCS process: A mechanical zero-regeneration, locally resourced system, which does not require the use of chemical materials that would compromise the sustainability of the final product. Among some of the pluses are lightness, breathability, resistance, and reliability in colour fastness.